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Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur 2012 1/2 (50 p.)

We continue our travelogue on August 12 2012 at Villars-sur-Var on metre gauge Chemins de Fer de Provence with Henschel-Mallet E 211.

As the station only featured trailable turnouts, a nice shunting spectacle was on the menu. The freight car was transferred to the other end of the train, this only was possible by muscle power across the last point.

Next the rustic crew coupled the Mallet to the freight car.

"Photo" shunting continued...

The Gendarmerie had chosen a comfortable drive-in photo spot - or did they measure shunting speeds? ;-)

Narrow gauge below another steep rock cascade.

The lovely ensemble of Villars, thanks to trailable turnouts another shunting move from direction Nice followed. As some people were standing in the way, I took the photo of the surroundings later - that's why the rake is already standing to the right but it does not serve bad as a frame.

And a "photo departure" image was also possible, the lady in striped Breton shirt fits nicely.

Preparations for the return.

Waiting at Villars.

The steamer crew may very well have originated from Uderzo's pen...

This once more quite crowded double class AMP 800 took me to Nice in front of a threatening thunderstorm cloud, the steam train had to face it.

Seen walking from the metre gauge terminal to Nice Ville mainline station.

I moved into my hotel at Cap d'Ail, the last stop before reaching Monaco. It was located well, only the climb from the station proved to be very steep.
Next morning, August 13 2012, I wanted to get an early start on Côte d'Azur, here lovely Cap d'Ail station.

Morning business had to be accomplished under very safe circumstances... ;-)

At Antibes, the biggest station between Nice and Cannes, an obstacle: due to storm damage many westbound trains to my destination near Anthéor were cancelled, so an alternative plan instead of the beautiful coastal landscape had to be found. I had seen thunderstorms in the distance the day before, but not a drop had fallen at the places I travelled through.

So, I stayed at the first nice station towards Cannes, I did not want to miss the night trains expected soon either.

Despite of the disruption the parade of night trains commenced soon.

A view at the classic Corail rake, commuters were waiting conveniently for their delayed locals to Nice.

No, we have not returned to India... ;-)
In the background surprisingly a Trenitalia composition was approaching, due to some hospital coaches I suspect it came from Lourdes.

A peculiarity were auto transporters conveyed separately from the night trains, at noon I witnessed the last motorcycle being offloaded at Nice.

They still exist, old push-pull rakes, but only rarely and only from Nice westwards.

Sole delayed overnight express was Lunea 4283 from Strasbourg / 4749 from Luxembourg, hauled by the only spotted Sybic. A part of the platform was closed off and still exhibited old SNCF-charm.

Midday visit to Nice: Before reaching the terminal CP has to pass through narrow streets, interestingly featuring railway signals as well as traffic lights.

A cycling postwoman escaped the train arriving at snail pace.

Private? No, not really, the railway is also owned by the state, just not part of SNCF. The sign referred to a parking space.

Modern Nice tram, near the main station.

View towards centre and sea.

Departure to Paris.

A double TGV Duplex and the fine station shed of Nice Ville.

Due to a delayed local train a crowd had assembled on the platform.

The city motorway was constructed almost across the impressive station roof.

Some kept their cool within the commotion.

Marie-Claire watched the crowd boarding.

Even the principality does not protect from vandalism.

People squeezed into the train, I waited for the next one arriving punctually eight minutes later and sat down conveniently with destination Beaulieu-sur-Mer.

I rested at the yacht harbour of the "beautiful place on the sea". A Citroen 2CV and a train in the background completed the scenery.

Yacht petrol station and train.


"Forest of poles" usually has a different meaning for railway photographers!

View into the bay towards Monaco.


The nice station building of Beaulieu.

In completely overcrowded Monaco I took a short walk but was already quite exhausted from the exertions of the week before. Returning from the casino I encountered this "train traffic jam", uphill I was much faster on foot than any vehicle, by the way. If someone wants to know the Grand Prix corner: it's Beau Rivage.

Traffic turns left in front of Massenet.

A view at the only glassed section of Monaco station.

Next morning, August 14 2012, I started at a slow pace and visited Èze-sur-Mer beach. You can see the railway slightly shining through.

Wonderful scenery at Èze station.

On the driveway of a villa I caught this ensemble.


I relaxed, swam in the sea and only walked back to the station for the single TGV of the line. With this picture I want to end this small collection of photos...

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